Bruce Forsyth: Britain's Got Talent is 'disastrous' for children

Sir Bruce Forysth thinks it could be "disastrous" for children to compete on 'Britain's Got Talent' as it may leave negative memories with them later in life

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Sir Bruce Forsyth and his wife Wilnelia Merced

Sir Bruce Forsyth and his wife Wilnelia Merced

Sir Bruce Forsyth thinks it could be "disastrous" for children to compete on 'Britain's Got Talent'.

The 85-year-old TV personality has verbally attacked the programme for a second time, claiming rejection in front of millions of viewers could cause catastrophic results in the long run for the younger contestants

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Bruce said: "The thing I object to is, I don't think they should put young children through such an emotional thing."

When questioned by host Richard Bacon about his own journey to stardom, which began when he was 14, Bruce added: "Yeah, but not on television in front of millions.

"That is the difference. Have a children's 'Britain's Got Talent' and let all children be in it. There is nothing wrong with that at all. But to put them on at that time of the evening with millions watching and the emotion, that could be maybe a bit disastrous for a child and a memory that could not do them a lot of good."

The 'Strictly Come Dancing' host's rant follows his previous suggestion for a programme called 'British Children Have Talent' for the kids who want to take part.

However, boss Simon Cowell has praised young hopefuls and made a reference to Bruce's comments during Monday night's (27.05.13) live semi-finals.

After dance group Youth Creation performed to the judges - Simon, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams - the 53-year-old entrepreneur said: "Someone, Mr Grumpy, said we shouldn't have children your age on the show."

He made further indications after 11-year-old finalist Arisxandra Libantino performed her rendition of Whitney Houston's 'All I Have', saying: "I'd like to dedicate this one to Bruce."

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